will be a tight fit on that boat, but probably bearable for a weekend. That is an excellent lake boat, I can step the mast
with a little help from my 12 year old, so you should be able to do the same. It takes about an hour.
I would make a checklist,
1. for supplies, and safety gear
, (assign an older child to insure everyone has a life jacket).
2. For setup, while trying to herd a group of children it is easy to forget something, like a line, or a shroud
, ....or a seacock, or drain plug
Finally getting the mast up, and having to lower it again because a halyard
went up with the mast, or two standing lines were mixed, is very frustrating, and tries the patience of small children, (and adults).
A checklist not only helps things get done in order, but gives tasks that can be delegated to the spouse, or older children.
And bring plenty of snacks, and water
. My kids
usually like start to hit the snacks before the boat gets wet!
To avoid large amounts of waste, I would preload the snacks into a large reusable container, instead of individually wrapped serving size snacks. The amount of garbage you collect will quickly fill the boat if you don't.
I've found except in heavy wind
days, raise the sails at the dock
, and just leave the sheets
loose. It is too much trouble to have a crew hold the helm
, while stepping over people to go forward, while you raise them, and inexperienced crew are more trouble than help in wrestling them to the deck
I let someone else control the mainsheet line, giving them the challenge of controlling the speed, and the heeling.
With 4 kids, you could put one on each jib
sheet, and tack by calling them by name.
is worth gold, the sun beating down in the hot cockpit
gets old, and tiring fast.
I would leash the 4 year old to an adult, (your wife, you'll be busy), and make the rule
everyone wears life jackets, the smaller kid is leashed anytime on deck
Have fun, and be safe. Anchoring
in a quiet cove, and swimming in the shallows is one of my families favorite memories.